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Columbus To Implement Program To Decrease Drugged Driving

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Gabe Rosenberg
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WOSU

Columbus City Council will vote to accept a grant for police to implement the Drugged Driving Enforcement Program on Monday night.

The program aims to reduce fatal crashes through having uniformed officers focus on driving impairment that's not related to alcohol.

The Columbus Police aim to reduce the number of drugged driving fatal crashes in the state to no more than 174. There were 179 such deaths last year.

The Ohio Traffic Safety Office runs the program. It is awarding Columbus $15,035.84 for the project. Funding will help reimburse officers trained in ARIDE: Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

Police will analyze traffic crash data to determine the best times and places to conduct high visibility drugged driving enforcement.

The project will go through September 2020.